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a crash left this man incapacitated in the woods,
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unable to get help. he laid there for almost a day, then realized technology was his only lifeline. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm john schriffen in for craig melvin today. justin hipple was on his way home from work last week when something went terribly wrong. he found himself in a life-or-death situation, seriously injured, but no one knew. darcy spencer visited him in the hospital tonight. hipple says he was determined not to give up. >> i saw the bike right next to me. i knew something went wrong. >> reporter: 29-year-old justin hipple is lying in a hospital bed with a broken back, nine broken ribs, a broken wrist, and a punctured lung. injuries from a crash he barely survived. >> what was going through your mind as you were laying there for 20-some hours? >> somebody needs to hurry up and find me. >> reporter: on june 30th justin borrowed his brother's
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motorcycle. he was driving it home from work when he wrecked. he and the bike hit a tree. justin landed in a ditch and lost consciousness. >> i was like, this isn't right. i tried to move. i couldn't move. so i was like, this is bad. >> reporter: he spent 22 hours in this ditch. he was lying on the ground unable to move. he could hear traffic from the nearby road, but no one could hear his faint calls for help. justin knew his cell phone, which was broken in three pieces, would be his lifeline. over the course of several hours he was able to piece it together. the first call was to his brother tony. >> so this cell phone saved your life? >> yeah. definitely. >> the first words out of his mouth were something to the lines of "bad news. i wrecked your bike." and you know, before he's done saying that, i'm -- i don't care about the bike. where are you? >> reporter: justin then called 911. using gps technology, the phone was tracked to the area where he
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crashed. at bristow road and the 234 bypass in prince william county. within ten minutes he was being cared for by paramedics. >> what was your thought when you finally saw your rescuers? >> i'm saved. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4. >> hipple says he may have fallen asleep before crashing. he's expected to be in the hospital for another week, but doctors say he will make a full recovery. all right. we are following some breaking news tonight out of prince george's county. police there have made an arrest in the murder of a convenience store clerk. 69-year-old richard chungtsung nam was killed inside his store on annapolis store back in april. police say his akaker then set the store on fire to try to cover up the crime. police will hold a news conference tomorrow morning, where we will learn more details on this breaking story. well, president obama and congressional leaders will meet again tomorrow after failing to reach a deal tonight on the nation's debt limit.
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tonight's meeting at the white house didn't last long. sources say both sides were respectful but the air was tense. brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: the president and congressional leaders were at the same table but far apart on saving uncle sam from a looming credit deadline. >> can you work it out in ten days, sir? >> we need to. >> reporter: the bargaining session was over in an hour and 15 minutes, and the two sides said they'd pick up again on monday. >> the good news is we agree on some of the big things. >> reporter: president obama thought he and house speaker john boehner had an agreement to target $4 trillion in cuts. but saturday evening the speaker abandoned that plan, saying it was just too ambitious and couldn't pass. >> to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extraordinarily difficult with 9.2% unemployment. we think it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> reporter: democrats want to close some tax loopholes to
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offset the cuts. >> what is really appalling is to see our republican colleagues essentially providing a form of extorti extortion, if you don't agree to deficit reduction the way we want it we're going to put all these jobs at risk. >> reporter: uncle sam's credit rating may be at risk if congress fails to act soon. >> and if that happens, you're going to see catastrophic damage across the american economy and across the global economy. >> reporter: a critical meeting bringing together political leaders who remain far apart. uncle sam reaches his credit limit on august 2nd, but secretary geithner says a deal has to be done this week. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> with the 2012 presidential campaign shaping up, neither republicans nor democrats want to be blamed for an economic turmoil that would come with the government defaulting on its loans. well, u.s. defense secretary leon panetta put pressure on the iraqi government during a surprise visit to the country this weekend. last month 15 american soldiers were killed.
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panetta says they were targeted by iraqi extremists using weapons from iran. he says the iraqi government needs to do more to crack down on terrorists. 46,000 u.s. troops are set to leave iraq by the end of the year. iraq is expected to ask for an extension, a request that's not expected to get support from president obama. tonight more than two dozen people are out of their homes after a fire ripped through their fairfax county apartment building. the fire broke out around 3:00 this morning at the murray gate village apartments on bellford drive in the mount vernon area. an electrical problem is to blame for the two-alarm fire. residents say the power went out just hours before they started to smell smoke. >> then i hear some people run, they said "fires, fires." then i said, friends, fires outside. the way my apartment look, i can't recognize it. but thanking god, we survived. nothing happened to us. >> 27 people were displaced by
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the fire, which caused about $150,000 worth of damage. everyone managed to make it out safely. three small planes were intercepted by fighter jets over camp david this weekend. in separate incidents. president obama and his family spent the weekend at the presidential retreat. fighter jets were used for all three incidents because the planes were out of radio communication when they crossed into restricted air space. all three violations are believed to be unintentional. well, the blood war between drug cartels in mexico escalated this weekend. leaving more than 40 bodies in its wake. just 150 miles from the u.s. border last night in the city of monterrey men carrying ak-47s opened fire in a crowded bar. 21 people died. outside of mexico city 11 bodies were discovered piled up near a well. and 10 more people were found shot to death around the northern city of torreon. experts say the gangs are fighting for drug routes in the
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united states worth billions of dollars. >> this is not just -- this is immensely more violence than the ongoing combat in afghanistan. and mexico matters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> mexican president felipe calderon declared war on drug gangs in 2006. since then about 40,000 people have been killed in the crossfire. now to the death of the iraq war amputee on a six flag roller coaster. tonight experts say both the operator of the roller coaster and the disabled veteran were likely at fault. 29-year-old army sergeant james hackmer was thrown from a 200-foot ride at a six flags park near buffalo. he lost both his legs in the iraq war. both the rider and the operator are responsible for deciding who gets on board. the accident has renewed efforts to get amusement parks under federal regulation. six flags says the ride had no
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mechanical issues. well, a piece of space junk could become a problem for nasa and the crew of the shuttle "atlantis." scientists are monitoring its location. they estimate it could come dangerously close to the shuttle tuesday during a planned spacewalk. nasa says it will know more about the size and path of the object tomorrow. "atlantis" docked with the international space station for the final time today on what is the final flight for nasa's shuttle program. turning now to the weather, we are in for some high heat and humidity this weekend. chuck bell is in the storm center with a first look at the workweek forecast. what can we expect coming up? >> unfortunately, john, what we're going to have to face most of all tomorrow is code rorange air quality. here's our ozone map over the last couple hours. this starts 12 hours ago at basically 11:00 a.m. this morning. what you see on the map there, yellow is code yellow. green would be code green.
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through the day you can see little splotches of orange on there. tomorrow with more heat and a more stagnant air mass in place we'll have more risk of code orange air quality. what does that mean? it's unhealthy for sensitive groups. that's people with respiratory problems like asthma and other risk factors, the elderly and the very young. what would you do? your best plan of action, stay inside, limit your strenuous activities, avoid putting gasoline in your car when it gets hot outside. 85, 90 degrees or warmer. and also avoid using two-stroke power engines like lawnmowers tomorrow. that'll help reduce the bad air that is out there. it's going to be a scorcher tomorrow um into the mid 90s. we'll talk about the whole workweek forecast coming up in a couple minutes. john? >> some great tips. chuck bell, thank you so much. we are following several big stories in the week ahead. tickets for the new september 11th memorial at ground zero will become available starting tomorrow. tickets will be available online for specific times for visits starting on september the 12th. visitors must reserve tickets because the memorial can only
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accommodate 1,500 people at a time. the memorial will be officially dedicated on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. testimony is scheduled to begin this week in the perjury trial against one of baseball's all-time greats. opening statements for cy young award winner roger clemens are tent liv scheduled for wednesday. he's charged with lying to congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs. he faces substantial prison time if convicted. he could also face up to $1.5 million in fines. and the long wait is over for harry potter fans. the final film, "harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 2" will be released friday. the eighth film brings the story of the boy wizard to a dramatic close and sees an end to the way of life for the movie's young stars. there will be a special red carpet premiere this wednesday at the amc theater in georgetown. well, still ahead tonight, just a couple weeks after school let out for the summer the back to school shopping pushes on.
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but why so early? and the royals head back across the pond, but not before taking in one last show. plus, the actress who just couldn't take it anymore. she took on the octomom at 10,000 feet. what's coming up in sports? >> coming up tonight on "sports final," controversy and ecstasy as the u.s. women take on brazil in the world cup. "washington post" columnist jason reeve talking skins and the future of donovan mcnabb on "roundtable." and a rocky outing for nationals prospect bryce harper in the playing with your friends?
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i am playing with my friends. hey, mrs. d... joseph? sarah! it's mommy's turn now. let's go. [ male announcer ] the average home has over four internet-connected devices. we were gonna storm the castle. i love your hair. [ sarah ] thanks i went to your guy. it's perfect. i thought we were storming the castle. [ male announcer ] that's why you need the internet rated #1 for supporting multiple users and devices simultaneously. verizon fios. a network ahead. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-tty/v. for many area school children the summer started less than three weeks ago. but believe it or not, back to school is already on the minds of many of the nation's big retailers. ron mott looks at what's behind this year's earl qi rush.
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>> this would be nice, but it's too small. >> reporter: this weekend at a target in atlanta roland whittier and daughter autumn were out browsing for school supplies with her friend denaius. they plan o'check off most of her list a little closer to the start of classes. >> i'm buying these binders because i'm trying to be more organized this year. >> reporter: for retailers a successful back to school push is the second biggest consumer spending period behind the holiday season and can help many stores get back to healthier sales. >> we're all about helping our customers save money, get value, and we're really preparing to have a great season. >> reporter: last season americans spent more than $55 billion to send their young ones back to school. so it's no wonder retailers are trying to get a head start. back to school sales already under way at stores like toys "r" us, walmart, and office depot. last month retail sales were up 7.2% at major chains, and they're hopeful t trend continues. but with june's strong retail
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sales quickly followed by friday's disappointing news about an uptick in the nation's unemployment rate, one analyst predicts the country's spending recovery will be on a roller coaster ride for the foreseeable future. >> until we get that labor mark improvement it's very volatile and it's touch and go. >> how are you? >> reporter: back at target autumn and her dad checked out, cashing in on a few bargains long before many are even thinking about heading back to school. ron mott, nbc news, atlanta. maryland and virginia both have tax-free shopping days planned for early august to coincide with the back to school shopping rush. well, the duke and duchess of cambridge are on their way back to the uk tonight after a very busy north america trip that included three days in southern california. prince william and kate spent their final day in los angeles visiting an inner city arts program. there they talked with kids, watched a dance performance, and even did some art of their own. then it was off to their final stop, a visit to a charity that helps military veterans find
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jobs. one veteran in attendance said he's glad there's global support for the troubles they face. >> we are, you know, allies with them, and they always have always shown their support with the u.s. -- with the u.s. and u.s. citizens. >> the royal couple technically spent less than 48 hours in los angeles, but they did a lot. the couple attended six events, including a charity polo match where prince william scored four goals. all right. pretty good for him. all right. turning to the weather, chuck bell is back here in this studio. hot, muggy, all aft boff for this week. >> there are going to be a couple of days you're going to want to stay inside. find someone with air-conditioning and just go in there and stay there because it's going to be ugly. >> use their electricity. >> absolutely. it's going to be an ugly shade of hot and humid outside for tomorrow. we already talked about the fact it's going to be a code orange air quality day. in fact, nasa's going to be flying a couple special aircraft up and down the i-95 corridor to try to get special readings on the air quality around here,
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trying to do some air quality research projects. it's going to be one of those kind of days. instead of the beautiful blue sky we'd like to see it's going to be that kind of gunky gray color outside for much of the day tomorrow. outside on your sunday night here in washington a fairly clear sky overhead, although it has remained very warm outside. 82 degrees as you look at the national cathedral high atop the hill here in northwest washington. 82 downtown at reagan national airport. 69 degrees the dew point. anytime that number gets to 70 or higher, that's when you really start to feel the stickiness. a light breeze now out of the southwest at 9 miles per hour. much of the western suburbs have dropped back into the mid and upper 70s now. 79 in sterling and fairfax. 77 in winchester. 76 in martinsburg, west virginia. but all the cool air that we had late yesterday and early this morning is now long gone. satellite picture shows not much in the way of cloud cover anywhere across the mid-atlantic. high pressure's really been sitting on top of the atmosphere around here, and it's been suppressing much in the way of cloud cover. the problem is high pressure is
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very stagnant, so with that stagnant high temperature, high humidity air mass in place that's the reason our air quality is going down tomorrow to code orange. the heat and humidity will continue to rise through the day tomorrow and then on into tuesday and may linger into the front half of wednesday the way things are looking right now. high pressure in charge. it's going to be drifting off the eastern seaboard as it does so we get more and more of a southwesterly wind component. as this little boundary starts to come through the area, we might kick off a few isolated showers tomorrow late tomorrow night. out into the mountains of west virginia. far southwestern west virginia. into the shenandoah valley. as we get into the day tuesday and that boundary sort of hangs up around here, i do think we'll have an opportunity for some thunderstorms tuesday evening and then into wednesday. so when you get the day started in the morning, a few clouds around, mild, a bit humid. wake-up temperatures 68 to 75. and then tomorrow during the day triple h. hazy, hot and humid, heat index up near 100.
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poor air quality tomorrow. highs between 91 and about 96 degrees. if you're headed down to the beach, great beach weather tomorrow. surf temperature 74 degrees. get in the ocean and stay there. that's my recommendation. 97 tuesday. that's going to be the worst of it. wednesday not much of a bargain, either, but then things get back a little closer to average as we get toward next weekend. anytime for the latest forecast come to our website or you can always follow me on twitter @chuckbell4. >> the workweek a little hot but at least going into the weekend a little break. >> as long as we keep the weekends in good shape i'm in good shape. >> we all like that. chuck bell, thank you. >> no problem. still to come, to call this guy a frequent flyer might be an understatement. he's racked up so many miles even the airline can't believe it. and coming up in sports, the nationals wrap up the first half of the season with another close win. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber?
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all right. so no strasberg. bryce harper still a ways away
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from getting into the majors yet the nats .500 going into the break. >> and you forgot about jayson werth, $126 million man playing like he's a $26 man. the nationals going into the all-star break with a .500 record for the first time since 2005. pitching has been the headliner for this franchise all season long, and today it was more of the same as the nationals closed out the first half of the season with their 46th win. jordan zimmerman getting the start and he was stellar. torch of the second no score. gets garner swinging. zimmerman struck out six and didn't give up a run in just over six innings of work. his counterpart for the rockies kept the nats at bay until the sixth when roger bernardina breaks his bat but he muscles this one into right center field and in comes ian desmond to score from second. the nationals take a 1-0 lead. they thought it would stay that
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way but in the top of the ninth the nxs were up 2-0. little insurance run. that's exactly what he does. storin gets save number 23. the nationals win it 2-0. and they're .500 heading into the all-star break. >> it's as good as if we were at 45-47. but i think it's a good first half. you know, we went through some struggles and we were down below .500 quite a bit for a while and we had a lot of injuries. some stuff that we had to battle through. we'll enjoy our break and then try to make a run in the second half. all right. the os wrapping up their first half against the sox in boston. here is andre agassi, fresh off his induction into the tennis hall of fame along with his wife, of course, steffi graf watching the game. top second, os up 5-2. adam jones laces one off the green monster. robert andino comes in to score. the os put up six in the inning on their way to try to snap that six-game slide. but not so fast.
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the os pitching could not hold the lead. bottom four, we're now tied at 6. jeremy guthrie on in relief and he walks david ortiz with the bases loaded. >> you cannot do that. >> you can't. >> the red sox beat the os 8-6. baltimore has now lost seven straight games. all right. to germany. quarterfinals of the women's world cup. the usa taking on brazil. united states down 2-1. in the 122nd minute. this game could stop anytime. megan rah pooeno, about a 50-yarder across the box to abby wambaugh. look at that goal. abby, who played for the washington freedom -- you can't see this enough. >> take a picture right here. >> how about right, right -- right now. over the outstretched arm of the goalie. abby wambaugh with the game-tying goal. so this game would come down to penalty kicks. let me call this a tease.
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let me show you exactly how it ended coming up on "sports final." >> you can't do that. >> this is a tease. this is what we're going to do. we're going to have much, much more on that game between germany and the united states as well as reaction on their huge win. "washington post" columnist jason reed stops by and weighs in on a column he wrote that basically called out mike shanahan. plus, see how steve stricker became the new king of the john deere classic. that's all coming your way on "sports final" in just seven or eight minutes or so. >> that's not right. >> it's a tease, man. >> that's not right. >> all right. we'll tune in. after the break, coming up, what would you do if you found playing with your friends? i am playing with my friends. hey, mrs. d... joseph? sarah! it's mommy's turn now. let's go.
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imagine stepping off a plane into a crowd of cheering strangers and flash bulbs. this man wearing the blue hat is not a celebrity, but he sure flies a lot. how about more than 10 million miles? saturday tom stueker got the hollywood treatment by united airlines employees as part of the party for their most frequent flyers. the chicago-based automotive sales consultant was also greeted by his friends and family at chicago's o'hare airport to mark the amazing milestone. wow. look at that. well, the parenting skills of octomom nadya suleman apparently didn't sit well with a hollywood actress who was on a plane with her over the weekend. kristen johnson, who is best known for her role on the tv show "3rd rock from the sun," complained to suleman about the noise if her 14 kids. their plane had been stuck on the tarmac for two hours. nadya asked her how she should keep eight 2-year-olds quiet. well, kristen reportedly told her, "get more help." well, nadya then told her, "why
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don't you grow a baby and get a life?" end quote. kristen reportedly got off the plane and didn't return. hmm. coming up after the break, another year of bragging rights playing with your friends? i am playing with my friends. hey, mrs. d... joseph? sarah! it's mommy's turn now. let's go. [ male announcer ] the average home has over four internet-connected devices. we were gonna storm the castle. i love your hair. [ sarah ] thanks i went to your guy. it's perfect. i thought we were storming the castle. [ male announcer ] that's why you need the internet rated #1 for supporting multiple users and devices simultaneously. verizon fios. a network ahead. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-tty/v.
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the nbc softball team has bragging rights for yet another year. today the team won its fourth straight metropolitan media softball title, beating 15 other teams including cnn, comcast, and "usa today" in the championship game. congratulations to the whole team, including bill morety, jimmy iovino, megan walker and the man who got his back together, darren zigenbaugh. congratulations to them.
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